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Small Business Start-ups


  • Disruptor 50: No. 15 Quirky Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Ben Kaufman, founder and CEO of Quirky

    This 6-year-old company culls ideas submitted to its website, and the best ones get made and sold in some of the world's biggest retailers.

  • Disruptor 50: No. 32 SugarCRM Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Larry Augustin, CEO of SugarCRM

    This CRM company has recently expanded to provide salespeople with a mobile platform to help them proactively follow and close deals.

  • Tech: What Europe is capable of Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 5:15 AM ET
    Tech: What Europe is capable of

    Roxanne Varza, start-up lead at Microsoft Ventures in France, explains why she thinks European tech start-ups are getting stronger.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, May 11- NerdWallet said it had raised $64 million in its first round of funding, far more cash than it needs to run the personal finance startup, in part to underscore its growth and show it has the potential to one day be valued at over $1 billion. Once a company hits a $1 billion valuation, it becomes what Silicon Valley calls a "unicorn.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, May 11- Private financial technology startup NerdWallet said it had raised $64 million in an initial funding round, large even by increasingly inflated Silicon Valley standards.

  • How Meerkat's fighting against Periscope: Apps Monday, 11 May 2015 | 1:15 PM ET
    Periscope app, left, and Meerkat app

    It may have been cut off from Twitter’s social graph, but that doesn’t mean Meerkat’s giving up the fight in live streaming.

  • 'Micro livestock': Edible crickets business booms Monday, 11 May 2015 | 10:58 AM ET
    Crickets are being promoted as a sustainable, high-protein food source for humans.

    The edible cricket market is seen as growing substantially this year, with some players forecasting triple-digit sales growth.

  • Cricket Farming Startup Monday, 11 May 2015 | 10:27 AM ET
    Cricket Farming Startup

    Elliot Mermel talks about why he launched Coalo Valley Farms, a cricket farm based in Van Nuys, California.

  • Investing in America's future Monday, 11 May 2015 | 8:49 AM ET
    Investing in America's future

    Daymond John, FUBU founder & CEO, discusses the benefits of supporting entrepreneurship.

  • Why this hot market is suddenly cooling off Monday, 11 May 2015 | 6:50 AM ET
    Employees and sellers of the online marketplace Etsy stand with CFO Kristina Salen on the floor of the Nasdaq as the company went public on April 16, 2015.

    Five of the 50 companies on CNBC's 2014 disruptor list have gone public or been acquired—half the number that graduated from our 2013 list.

  • Moms with moxie that are raising millions Saturday, 9 May 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    Workers in the Moxie Jean office sorting clothes before they are listed and sold.

    Mommy-run start-up Moxie Jean is an online retailer of gently used kids and maternity clothing. The moms have raised $1.3 million.

  • Coming soon to your kitchen: The 'smart' trash can Friday, 8 May 2015 | 1:49 PM ET
    GeniCan features and app

    Smart trash can GeniCan scans garbage and identifies items being thrown away. It then compiles a shopping list alongside compatible coupons.

  • Job advice 101: Don't insult company online Friday, 8 May 2015 | 11:51 AM ET

    An anonymous job seeker learned the hard way what you should and should not say online about a prospective employer.

  • Toptal, filling the skills gap Friday, 8 May 2015 | 6:42 AM ET
    Toptal, filling the skills gap

    Taso Du Val, Toptal co-founder & CEO, discusses how his company connects businesses to the best software developers in the world, and shares his plans to expand to other areas of the jobs market.

  • Leaving Wall Street for a better workout Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 12:00 PM ET
    Leaving Wall Street for a better workout

    Gregg Arsenuk gave up Wall Street to pursue his passion for working out. In 2008, he founded Guerrilla Fitness CrossFit Montclair. There are now 4 gym locations in NJ with plans to open more. Arsenuk's career change is featured on Escaping the Cube.

  • Channeling parking ticket rage into app millions Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 10:30 AM ET
    Channeling parking ticket rage into app millions

    Thousands of dollars in parking tickets got two entrepreneurs thinking. Now Chicago-based SpotHero is simplifying parking pain for drivers nationwide.

  • PayPal co-founder raises $275 million for 'Affirm' Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 11:47 AM ET
    PayPal co-founder raises $275 million for 'Affirm'

    PayPal co-founder Max Levchin announced his lending startup Affirm has raised $275 million, reports CNBC's Josh Lipton.

  • Latest instant economy start-up: Cookies on demand Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 11:26 AM ET
    Doughbies cookies.

    Start-up Doughbies delivers cookies on demand in the San Francisco area.

  • Max Levchin's Affirm raises $275M in financing Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    Max Levchin

    Max Levchin, with his start-up, Affirm, is trying to take on the big banks and revolutionize online lending for a younger generation of Americans.

  • Alcohol in the rocks Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    Alcohol in the rocks

    Beyond Zero founder Jason Sherman pitches his start-up to a panel of experts on CNBC.